Lois Fritz Kiefer, 89, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Davis Health Care Center in Porter’s Neck following a brief illness. Born in McCook, Neb., on February 19, 1927, she was the only child of William and Georgia Jensen Fritz.
She spent most of her childhood in the small town of Bartley, Neb., and then attended the University of Nebraska. She graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She taught physical education at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., and at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minn.
Lois and her late husband, Bill, were married in 1949 and started their lives together in Minnesota. They resided in Minneapolis and Brainerd, Minn., for the next two years. They then moved to Columbus, Ohio, where they raised their two children, established a loving home and made many lifelong friendships. After 33 years in Columbus and Bill’s retirement, they relocated to Olde Point Country Club in Hampstead in 1984. They lived there until 2000 when they made the decision to move to Plantation Village in Porter’s Neck.
Lois was always a high-energy person and lived life at one speed – fast. Anyone who played a round of golf or took a car ride with her learned that about her. However, it was her zest for life that fostered her speed. She loved to golf, read, swim, walk, play all games (especially Bridge) and visit the beach. She even loved to host the infamous ‘Camp Grammy’ for her grandchildren. She was always too busy finding the best in life to slow down.
Lois used her many talents and keen intellect both as a teacher as well as a student. She never passed up an opportunity to learn or experience something new. Whether her lessons were in the classroom, on the golf course, at the church, in the pool, or about life in general – she will continue to live on in all of us who were lucky to learn from her. Lois touched the lives of many people with her generosity, kindness and humility. She maintained her trademark laugh and sense of humor all the way to the end. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends whom she laughed with, lived for and loved deeply.
In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by her husband William ‘Bill’ Campbell Kiefer, who died in 2011.
She will forever be remembered by her two children; daughter, Nancy Kiefer Bogosian (Donald) of Bedminster, N.J.; son William ‘Fritz’ Kiefer (Sarah) of Wilmington; four grandchildren, Kelly Bogosian Hawkins (Michael) of Albany, N.Y., Scott Bogosian (Adria) of Whippany, N.J., Alaina Kiefer Davis (Taylor) of Nashville, Tenn., and William Fritz Kiefer II of Cincinnati, Ohio; and her five great-grandchildren, Madison and Mason Hawkins, Derek and Justin Bogosian and Isabella Davis.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, at the Lutheran Church of Reconciliation, 7500 Market St., Wilmington, where she and her husband were founding members. Following the church service, the celebration of Lois’s life will continue from noon to 2 p.m. at Porters Neck Country Club, 8403 Vintage Club Drive, Wilmington.
The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Lutheran Church of Reconciliation Memorial Fund, Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, or Plantation Village.
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